If you regularly follow this blog you should know by now how I feel about zombies. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that I am tickled (the shade of brains) pink that AMC is adding zombies to its lineup in the upcoming show The Walking Dead! Now in recent years AMC has really made an impact in the television world with its highly acclaimed and awarded series Mad Men and Breaking Bad. So I think it’s safe to assume that The Walking Dead will be another winner.
The Walking Dead [based on the comic books series by Robert Kirkman] tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back) will portray the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) will portray the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast includes Laurie Holden (The Shield), who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), who plays Rick’s wife Lori.
Charlie Collier, AMC President, said this about the upcoming zombie show:
“AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies and The Walking Deadis a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise, Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said Charlie Collier, AMC President. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, The Walking Dead gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre, and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.”
“The Walking Dead is that rare piece of material that plays on many levels,” says Joel Stillerman, Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Digital Content. “Kirkman’s series brilliantly captures the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse; and let’s us kick a little zombie you-know-what from time to time.”
It’s set to premiere in October during AMC’s annual Fearfest as a six-episode series (for the first season). I don’t know about you but I’m excited and look forward to how AMC portrays this Zombie Apocalypse comic books series.
This is the clearest video taken during Comic-Con 2010 of the trailer: